Many parts of the United states of America today witnessed what can be best described as a breath-taking sight as there was a rare lunar eclipse.
The natural scenery, described as the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ saw the moon take on different coloration in a sight that pleased many onlookers.
While describing the event earlier, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said:
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“The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual.
“It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a ‘blood moon’.”
People living in North America, Alaska, Hawaii, the Middle East, Asia, eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the event.
Why is it called a #SuperBlueBloodMoon?
🌕Supermoon – When the Moon is at or near its closest point to Earth
🔵Blue Moon – The second full moon in a month
🔴Blood Moon – The red tint Earth’s shadow casts on the Moon during a lunar eclipse
The next appearance of this trio in the U.S. — a total lunar eclipse, a “supermoon” and a “blue moon” — will be Jan. 31, 2037.